After ending a long four-game road trip that featured three games in the last four days, the Ducks finally got a day off Monday. The team will hold a practice on Tuesday before starting a long home stand Wednesday against the Minnesota Wild.
The Ducks will be looking for a little revenge against the Wild after a disheartening overtime defeat last week. The Ducks were up 3-0 midway through the third period before the Wild staged a comeback that saw them win the game on a power play goal in overtime.
But Ducks fans, and me in particular, were hoping for an update on Todd Marchant’s health that never came today. Marchant was skating at full speed before being upended and sliding into the boards. If you want to shine a positive light on the situation, it’s definitely that Marchant went shoulder- and hip-first into the boards rather than head-first, as Edmonton’s Sheldon Souray did. Souray is out indefinitely with a concussion.
Another positive that can be seen is that Marchant was allowed to fly back with the team. Players that suffer from concussions or other head injuries are typically not allowed to fly until they are cleared to do so.
Check back tomorrow for updates on what’s going on at practice and a preview of Wednesday’s game.